The Cordoba House, the Islamic community center proposed for Lower Manhattan, must be sensitive to the feelings of the families of victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001! What a lucky thing it is, then, that the Cordoba House does appeal to those feelings.
The Park51 organization, the group behind the Cordoba House, writes of its vision,
“Park51 will be dedicated to pluralism, service, arts and culture, education and empowerment, appreciation for our city and a deep respect for our planet. Park51 will join New York to the world, offering a welcoming community center with multiple points of entry.
With world-class facilities, a global scope and strong local roots, Park 51 will offer a friendly and accessible platform for conversations across our identities.”
Julia Rodriguez, sister of a man killed in the World Trade Center on September 11 nine years ago, writes of the Cordoba House proposal:
“I support the Cordoba house. I cannot think of one reason against it. We live in a country with freedom of religion. My brother died in the WTC on 9/11 and there were people of Muslim faith who died with him. Even if the proposed Islamic center were in the same building (which it is not), I would support their right to have a place to worship there as well.”
Those who are trying to ban the Cordoba House are not being sensitive to Julia Rodriguez’s feelings. Maybe they should relocate their protests to a more appropriate subject.